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(en) el miliciano cnt-ait chiclana: Collectivism and individualism, by Salomé Moltó (ca) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 25 May 2020 09:49:04 +0300

How many times have we asked ourselves what makes peoples move, what internal force pushes them towards one or another purpose. ---- We observe groups pushed by certain illusions towards defined goals, not always progressive, even if they want to pretend. Illusions and projects that inflame a certain group as individuals. ---- That is why we are so struck by the fact that, within a collective, artistic, economic, political and of whatever nature, someone stands out more than others, the fundamental idea that nests them, seems to flow more in a single person than in all the rest pushing harder on the project undertaken, what force pushes that individual more than the rest of the group? Why does this cellist interpret this solo better? Because he is virtuous, as they usually say. And it is true that this person stands out from the rest of the set for his great ability, but he leans on and nurtures himself from the set, because he is born from him and owes himself to it.

This is usually the argument that is used to make you understand that "we are not all the same" and here it is applied that, therefore, some deserve more reward than others, hence the whole range of injustices that we experience. You have to put together an argument, political structure or whatever justifies the abysmal difference between those who are downstairs, normally holding the whole building, and those who are upstairs, ordering something and taking most of the benefits.

Seen this way, it seems like a solid argument, which cannot be argued. During the "cold war", there were great debates according to individualism, identified by the USA, where individual value was synonymous with triumph, both personal and economic. Instead, the collective system identified with the Soviet Union, that is, with communism. If we had to present a study of one or the other system, the work would be exhaustive due to the elements that can be put on the side of one argument as well as the other.

Today it can already be affirmed, at least that is how many political scientists and sociologists do it, that individualism has won the battle against collectivism. We are not so sure. First, because in Russia a dictatorship ruled and collectivism was nothing, the five-year plans were planned thousands of kilometers away from the reality of the physical and human space in which they wanted to be applied. Then there is a concept that has been given little importance; On the other hand, it seems to us that when carrying out any project it takes on total importance, that is: property.

That's right, the concept of property, which Pierre-Joseph Proudhon so deeply and in detail exposed, gives us an element of reflection: There is a great difference when a person executes an order emanating from a superior boss or when that person performs a job because In short, he makes it his, because it belongs to him, because it is his responsibility, because he interprets it as something that belongs to him. This is the strength of a concept of property that makes things move more firmly. In such a way that both political, ideological and, mainly, religious groups take on unusual strength.

But we continue to ask ourselves: what gives the human being the strength to push the collective towards constant progress? It is true that the capacities are many and diverse and the will of a project is equally so.

We would also like to propose that: why not try to combine the two concepts? Pregnant with individualism towards a collective good where the value of each one is respected, fostered in a common good, that would be, in essence, an open path towards federalism. Sometimes projects are born out of dreams or ideas that were intended as utopian but with which progress has not stopped at all.

Collectivism and individualism
Article by Salomé Moltó
Orto Magazine nº 196

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